Claim by Yoruba nation promoter Sunday Adeyemo (aka) Igboho, that he enjoys the support of Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has been refuted.
The governor said there was no truth in such claim by Adeyemo, who was at the Ilana Omo Oodua rally in Akure, the Ondo State capital, at the weekend.
According to a statement yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olabode, the governor said it was erroneous for the secessionist to claim to have had his support for the rally.
Akeredolu warned that his desire to acknowledge the right of individuals and groups to hold peaceful rallies must not be misconstrued to mean support for secessionist agenda and or balkanization of the nation.
He stated that he was not opposed to any civil protest, which was not in breach of the extant laws of the nation.
The statement reads: “The governor neither believes, nor supports the quest for the Yoruba nation outside of Nigeria in the manner canvassed. Governor Akeredolu stands by a virile, united and indivisible Nigeria as demanded by the Southern Governors’ Forum.
“Therefore, the vigor, zeal, leadership, and candor displayed by Governor Akeredolu for a just and fair Nigeria are altruistic and borne out of patriotism for the nation as well as love for his people, the Yoruba ethnic nationality.
“It is important, therefore, to state without any equivocation that the Yoruba Nation secessionist promoters do not enjoy any lending hand in governor Akeredolu.”